Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
8 hours 42 minutes
Edited and with an introduction written and read by Roxane Gay, the New York Times best-selling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays read by all 30 contributors including Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, and Lyz Lenz, tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

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In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and best-selling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are ''routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied'' for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, and Claire Schwartz.

Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every listener, saying ''something in totality that we cannot say alone.''

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that ''not that bad'' must no longer be good enough.

Narrators include: Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, Aubrey Hirsch, Jill Christman, Lynn Melnick, Brandon Taylor, Emma Smith-Stevens, A.J. McKenna, Lisa Mecham, Vanessa Mártir, xTx, Sophie Mayer, Nora Salem, V.L. Seek, Michelle Chen, Liz Rosema, Anthony Frame, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Miriam Zoila Pérez, Zoe Medeiros, Sharisse Tracey, Stacey May Fowles, Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes, Meredith Talusan, Nicole Boyce, and Elissa Bassist.
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Latoya L.

I normally stay away from books like these because of the subject matter, However, since it was a requirement for my grad class, I had to put my biases aside. This book was a much needed read, and I'm glad I read it. As a rape survivor, this made me reevaluate how I viewed myself and not to discount my experience as not that bad. It happened, and it was just as bad as it felt, and no matter how societies view women, no person has the right to take something that does not belong to them. No, we aren't bitter, angry women. Someone took something from us that wasn't goven to them, that can never be given back. The book has different accounts from multiple people who have been raped and honed in on rape culture. Fools rape because they are weak despite the power dynamic. I could go on and on, but I digress... great read. Ladies and gentlemen, you are not imagining your experiences, and yes, it's that bad. Unfortunately, the memory never goes away along with the trust or lack thereof of people. #Book15of2033 #Bookworm #Whatsnext

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